Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda laid the foundation stone for three new medical Colleges at Rajouri, Anantnag and Baramulla districts in Jammu and Kashmir, on Monday.
“The new Medical Colleges will strengthen the medical infrastructure and give a big boost to tertiary healthcare and medical education in the region”, said Nadda, stating that with total outlay of ₹ 189 crore each, the three new Medical Colleges will add 300 MBBS seats per year in Jammu and Kashmir with 100 seats per College. In addition, the medical infrastructure in the districts will be strengthened with the addition of a 300-bed facility attached to each college.
Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir; Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (I/C); Bali Bhagat, State Minister for Health & Medical Education; and Asiea Naqash, J&K Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, were present at the ceremony.
The Union Health Minister stated that in addition to these new initiatives, the Government Medical College, Jammu and Government Medical College, Srinagar in the State of J&K have been taken up for upgradation under PMSSY with an outlay of ₹ 120 Crore (Central contribution of ₹115 Crore and State share of ₹ 5 Crore) for each medical college.
The minister has also informed that ₹ 2194.8 crore since inception and ₹ 688.8 crore during last two financial years has also been released to Jammu & Kashmir state for implementation of programmes approved under National Health Mission (NHM). Nadda said that the State is receiving higher allocation per capita like the North East (NE) States. State also has a provision of Hard Area Allowance, where maximum of ₹ 20,000 is provided to Medical Officer.
He also said one time grant of up to ₹120 crore each for 2 State Cancer Institute at Jammu and Srinagar and up to ₹45 crore each for 3 Tertiary Care Cancer Centre (TCCC) at District Hospital in Kupwara, Kishtwar & Udahmpur districts has also been approved.